Academic Programs : Dual Degree Programs

Master of Latin American Studies Joint Degree (MPH/MALAS)

Miami is the gateway to Latin America. As such we recognize an urgent need for public health professionals with the training and expertise needed to meet the growing public health challenges both in Latin America and the Caribbean.

This program is designed to train students for a career in public health with a focus on social policy, health management and health care in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as expatriate communities in the United States.

For more information, please visit the University of Miami’s MALAS site

Average Program Duration: 2 years, 5 semesters
Number of required credits: 54 (+6 for non-native speakers)

The Curriculum

The total requirements for the MPA/MALAS program are 60 credits. These requirements include 30 MPH credits, 12 MALAS credits, 6 elective credits, 6 culminating/capstone credits and 6 language credits (for non-native speakers):

Language Requirements (6 credits)

Students must demonstrate advanced language competency in Spanish, French, Portuguese, or Haitian Creole. Students may establish proficiency by passing two courses taught in the target language at the 500-level or above, or by passing a language competency exam. A major indigenous language of Latin America may be substituted for either Spanish or Portuguese. Students may petition for a waiver of examination if they have gained language competency in another manner (i.e. native speaker, upper division coursework in target language, Peace Corps service, IB credits or Defense Language Proficiency Test).

MPH Core Courses (18 credits)

EPH 600 Introduction to Public Health
EPH 601 Medical Biostatistics I
EPH 620 Health Education and Behavior (Alternate: EPH 614)
EPH 621 Fundamentals of Epidemiology
EPH 641 Environmental Health
EPH 631 Public Health Administration (Alternate: EPH 632)

MPH Electives (12 credits)

Choose four courses from the following:
EPH 612 Global Health
EPH 640 Urban Environment and Public Health
EPH 639 Ecology and Control of Vector-Borne Disease
EPH 644 Evaluation of Health Programs and Public Health Interventions
EPH 647 Community-Based Participatory Research
EPH 684 Global Outbreak Investigations
EPH 650 Health Economics & Policy Evaluation
EPH 671 Maternal and Child Health
EPH 651 Research Methods

LAS Core Courses (12 credits)

LAS 501 Interdisciplinary Seminar in Latin American and Caribbean Studies
LAS 502 Research Design in Latin American Studies
LAS 581 Graduate Seminar on Public Health in Latin America and the Caribbean
LAS 584 Public Health Seminar on Location—Travel Course

Regional Fundamentals in Latin America Electives (6 credits)

Six credits worth of Regional Fundamentals in Latin America must be taken. These electives may be chosen from appropriate offerings in LAS, INS, POL, HIS, APY, or GEG. Regional Fundamentals are those courses that have a clear regional or sub-regional focus (e.g. Andean Region; the Caribbean; South America; Central America; Southern Cone; Brazil; South Florida) rather than a specific country focus. For this joint degree, we will require that the six credits of electives in POL, LAS, INS, APY, GEG, or HIS be used to meet this requirement. The LAS Academic Director may approve courses from other departments.

Culminating Experience (6 credits)
EPH 680 Supervised Public Health Field Experience
LAS 710 Thesis or LAS 597 Competency Exam

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